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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
December 25, 2013

Limitations From Arthritis Pain Exceed Previous Estimate

JAMA. 2013;310(24):2607. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.284155

Arthritis pain is keeping more US adults from pursuing everyday activities, sports, or hobbies than earlier projections had estimated, according to recent data from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS).

Researchers used NHIS data for 2010 to 2012 to determine the prevalence of arthritis and arthritis-related activity limitations among US adults and compare those figures with previous estimates. Currently, 52.5 million US adults—22.7% of men and women aged 18 years or older—report having arthritis that was diagnosed by a physician. Of them, 22.7 million, or 43.2%, said arthritis pain has restricted their activities.